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IBM Announces Advanced Power And Weather Modeling Technology

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) announced an advanced power and weather modeling technology that would help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources.

The solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy.

IBM said this would enable utilities to integrate more renewable energy into the power grid, helping to reduce carbon emissions while significantly improving clean energy output for consumers and businesses.

The solution, named "Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting" or HyRef uses weather modeling capabilities, advanced cloud imaging technology and sky-facing cameras to track cloud movements, while sensors on the turbines monitor wind speed, temperature and direction.

When combined with analytics technology, the data-assimilation based solution can produce accurate local weather forecasts within a wind farm as far as one month in advance, or in 15-minute increments, the company noted.

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